My ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Tour – Part III

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Hope you are enjoying the matches of this 2015 cricket world cup with your favorite teams winning. There were some exciting matches too between some not so popular teams. For example, the match between Ireland and UAE (match #16 on Feb 25) where Ireland beat UAE in the last over of the match. For me this was so far the most exciting match of the world cup. As the tournament is taking more exciting turns so is my tour (err…virtual tour 😛 ) of Australia and New Zealand. However, I don’t want to stretch it longer because I want to watch the final at home, completely relaxed. 😉 So, this is the last and the concluding part of my virtual tour of the Cricket World Cup 2015. If you have missed the first two here are the links – My ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Tour – Part I and Part II

Wellington – Match #22, #36, #46 (Quarterfinal)

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While Wellington is going to host three more matches of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 we’ll have plenty of time to explore the region. Wellington is a beautiful city which ranked 4th in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2011. So you can expect a lot from your tour of the city. A ride on Wellington’s historic cable car is a must-do to get the glimpses of the city’s main attractions in one go. The cable cars depart in every 10 minutes from Lambton Quay in the city center. Or you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the Oriental Bay beach after the matches. Well, there is no dearth of beaches in the city though. But if you are a nature lover Zealandia Sanctuary awaits you with a treasure of exotic flora and fauna of the region. It’s only a few minutes’ drive from the city. Find out the secrets of some most fascinating Hollywood movie making such as Lord of The Rings on a guided tour of Weta Cave.

Match details:

  • Match #22 (March 1) – England Vs Sri Lanka
  • Match #36 (March 12) – South Africa vs UAE
  • Match #46 (March 21) – A4 vs B1 (4th Quarterfinal)

Brisbane – Match #23

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While Pakistan takes on Zimbabwe at The Gabba on 1st March you can enjoy a river cruise in Brisbane. The Brisbane River connects most of the inner-city precincts and sets the stage for a whole range of outdoor adventures, riverside attractions and dining options. And don’t forget to pay a visit to cute koalas as they are waiting for you at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in the suburbs of Brisbane.

Match details: Match #23 (March 1) – Pakistan vs Zimbabwe

Canberra – Match #24

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Canberra has a lot to offer. If you want to know about Australia as a nation this is a great place to start with. From National Zoo and Aquarium to National Gallery and Museum of Australian Democracy – an extensive city tour can give you insights about the history, art and culture Down Under. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the city’s most iconic monument Australian War Memorial. Australian National Botanic Gardens offers a refreshing leisure escape from the city.

Match details: Match #24 (March 3) – South Africa vs Ireland

Napier – Match #25, #31, #41

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With an eclectic mix of Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco architecture and the beautiful Hawke’s Bay to set the backdrop Napier is peaceful retreat. The downtown area was reconstructed in Art Deco style after the devastating earthquake of 1931. Art Deco tour in the city is one of the popular things to do in Napier. On the contrary, excursions by the bay will give you many of such pleasing views of the city of Napier to enjoy.

Match details:

  • Match #25 (March 4) – Pakistan vs UAE
  • Match #31 (March 8) – New Zealand vs Afghanistan
  • Match #41 (March 15) – West Indies vs UAE

Perth – Match #26, #28

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The capital city of the state of Western Australia enjoys Mediterranean type climate, which is ideal for beachfront activities. Whether you want to watch beautiful sunsets by the Indian Ocean or visit the aquarium to witness Australia’s rich marine life or take cycling tour of the city choices are a plenty. If you have time after the world cup matches head to Swan Valley for a wine tour or take a day trip to Nambung National Park to witness the exotic landscape formation called The Pinnacles and get the taste of Australian Outback.

Match details:

  • Match #26 (March 4) – Australia vs Afghanistan
  • Match #28 (March 6) – India vs West Indies

Nelson – Match #27

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Split Apple Rock in the Tasman Bay, is an interesting geological absurdity. It is located in shallow water where you can wade to it. As a popular tourist attraction in Abel Tasman National Park it is accessible from ‪Nelson, the venue of tomorrow’s ‪‎Cricket World Cup match #27 between Bangladesh and Scotland.

Match details: Match #27 (March 5) – Bangladesh vs Scotland

Auckland Match #29, #39, #47 (semifinal)

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Auckland, the venue of ICC cricket world cup matches, is a cosmopolitan city which is built in similar patterns as is Los Angeles. The city is home to plush shopping malls and international designer boutiques. If you want to get the vibe of Kiwiland check out the bustling city markets such as Victoria Park Market and Takapuna Market full of shops, cafes, eateries and crafts stores from where you can collect goodies and local made artifacts as souvenirs.

Match details:

  • Match #29 (March 7) – South Africa vs Pakistan
  • Match #39 (March 14) – India vs Zimbabwe
  • Match #47 (March 24) – 1st Semifinal

Hobart – Match #30, #35, #40

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Booming tourism in Australia’s southernmost town Hobart has plenty to offer starting from historic city tour (Salamanca Market, Battery Point) to unique Cadbury Chocolate Factory tour to conventional full-day sailing cruise. But the most exciting part of your Hobart travel could be Hobart City Flight which is a 30-minute scenic flight in a small plane over Mt Wellington and Derwent River. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramas of Hobart coastline

Match details:

  • Match #30 (March 7) – Zimbabwe vs Ireland
  • Match #35 (March 11) – Sri Lanka vs Scotland
  • Match #40 (March 14) – Australia Vs Scotland

Sydney – Match #32, #38, #43 (Quarterfinal), #48 (semifinal)

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Sydney the famous Harbour City in Australia is the capital of the state of New South Wales. With its rich heritage, art and culture there is no dearth of options when it comes to entertainment and touristy activities in and around Sydney. After watching all those big matches at Sydney Cricket Ground you definitely need to chill out. And what can be a better place than Tamarama Beach which is only 7 kilometers from the bustling business precinct of Sydney.

Match details:

  • Match #32 (March 8) – Australia vs Sri Lanka
  • Match #38 (March 13) – England vs Afghanistan
  • Match #43 (March 18) – A1 vs B4 (1st Quarterfinal)
  • Match #48 (March 26) – 2nd Semifinal

Adelaide – Match #33, #42, #45 (Quarterfinal)

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Adelaide Botanic Garden – A must see in Adelaide, ‪Australia. Do you know there are 275 more things to do in ‪‎Adelaide other than watching ‪Cricket World Cup? Here is a comprehensive list of things to do in Adelaide. Hope you don’t get carried away with all these touristy activities and forget to watch the match between – England and Bangladesh on 9th March here in Adelaide. 😉

Match details:

  • Match #33 (March 9) – Australia vs Sri Lanka
  • Match #42 (March 15) – England vs Afghanistan
  • Match #45 (March 20) – A3 vs B2 (3rd Quarterfinal)

Hamilton – Match #34, #37

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Initially an agricultural center Hamilton today is a booming city in Waikato, New Zealand. The city offers a plenty of things to do for tourists and locals alike. You can visit the zoo, or go shopping in the Downtown Plaza, or hit the gaming parlours in SKYCITY Hamilton for nonstop fun and excitement. Those who seek some quiet scenic escape can visit Hamilton Gardens or take a stroll along the Waikato River that splits the city in two halves. But the best way to see Hamilton is a hot air balloon ride.

Match details:

  • Match #34 (March 10) – India vs Ireland
  • Match #37 (March 13) – New Zealand vs Bangladesh

Melbourne – #44 (Quarterfinal), FINAL

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The world is round and we have now reached where we started our 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Tour – Melbourne. 🙂 The city is said to be the cultural hub of Australia and offers plenty of Victorian style architecture to behold and photograph. For example, St Paul’s Cathedral, Trinity College, Scots Church, Flinders Street Station and so on.

Match details:

  • Match #44 (March 19) – A2 vs B3 (2nd Quarterfinal)
  • FINAL (March 29)

P.S: My four semifinalists are Australia, NZL, India and South Africa. What are yours? And how did you enjoy the Cricket World Cup tour with me? Don’t forget to share your opinion in the comment box below. 🙂

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My ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Tour – Part II

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We have already seen some exciting matches like India Vs Pakistan, some upsets like WI Vs Ireland and some scintillating performances like Brendon McCullum’s against England. It’s time for me to take you to the next leg of my ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 tour. If you have missed the first part take a quick look My ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Tour – Part I.

Match #14 – Christchurch

The Brighton Beach Kite Festival is over for this year but while England takes on its neighbour Scotland on the 14th match of 2015 Cricket World Cup at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, you can still enjoy an array of activities by the beach including swimming, surfing, bird watching.

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Flying kites at New Brighton Beach

Match #15 – Canberra

The prime reason behind your visit to ‪‎Canberra on 24th Feb might be ICC‪ Cricket World Cup match no. 15 – WI Vs Zimbabwe. But who says sports, food and walking tours cannot go hand in hand? While you visit the main attractions of Canberra don’t miss the Summerside Festival celebrating local and seasonal produce. It also offers an opportunity to taste the best of local wines and enjoy exciting events and exhibitions.

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Canberra Parliament House -the brooding ground of Australian Democracy

Match #16 – Brisbane

Brisbane is said to be one of the world’s friendliest and liveliest cities. The best way to explore Brisbane is to go cycling. There are separate lanes for cycling along the riverside. Bicycles are available on rent at the centre of the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. You can rent one for 24 hours or for a week. While Ireland takes on UAE on 25th you can enjoy a cycling tour of the city. If cycling is not your forte book a river cruise or fix a meeting with the koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary as part of your visit to the city.

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Cycling is the best way to get around in Brisbane

Match #17 – Dunedin

Otago Peninsula at the eastern most part of Dunedin is the home to exotic flora and fauna. The region can rightly be termed as the ‘Wildlife Capital of New Zealand’. With picturesque walkways along the coast, breathtaking views from the steep cliffs, the beautiful Larnach Castle, Glenfalloch Gardens, the Marine Studies Centre Aquarium, and local Arts & Crafts center you have lot more waiting for you in Dunedin apart from the world cup match between Scotland and Afghanistan. I wonder which is more beautiful – Scottish Highlands or Dunedin’s Otago Peninsula?

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Cape Saunders, Otago Peninsula , Dunedin

Match #18 – Melbourne

While Sri Lanka takes on Bangladesh in 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup on 26th February you have plenty of time to enjoy in Melbourne. Go off the beaten tracks in the city for some beach side adventure. Drive down to Mornington Peninsula, about 70 km from Melbourne, featuring rugged coastline with untamed waves ideal for surfing and wakeboarding.

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It’s surfing time in Melbourne

Match #19 – Sydney

I am expecting an exciting cricket match between South Africa and West Indies on 27th February. But even if you are on a short trip to attend the ICC World Cup match you just cannot leave the city without a visit to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. It is needless to say the harbor and the opera both have a lot in store for visitors.

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the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House

Match #20 – Auckland

Located on the North Island of New Zealand Auckland is the largest and most populous city in the country. The faceoff between the host and co-host of ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup is going to take place here in Auckland on 28th. I believe this is going to be the most exciting match at the initial round of the world cup. So, it will be difficult to miss even a single over for cricket lovers but you’ll have plenty of time in the evening to witness the fascinating Auckland Lantern Festival 2015 which will take place from 26 February to 1 March 2015 from 5 – 10.30 pm every evening, at Albert Park.

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Mesmerizing Chinese Lantern Festival in Auckland

Match #21 – Perth

On the same day India will be playing against UAE in Perth, the capital of the state of Western Australia. The metropolitan area of Perth offers many urban entertainment facilities including pubs, bars, and theaters you can find beauty of nature in the city parks such as Kings Park, Bold Park, and Lake Monger. Though I would like to see India win against UAE but I could skip the match for a sailing in the beautiful Swan River in Perth. What do you say?

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Go sailing in Swan River, Perth

Will be back soon with the next leg of my virtual 2015 Cricket World Cup tour. Stay tuned… 🙂

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My ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Tour – Part I

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With 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup going to start in a few hours I just can not think of anything else but these three things – cricket, New Zealand and Australia. Though I am not in a position to fly to the southern hemisphere right now and watch all the matches sitting at the cricket ground but there is no restriction for the mind, right? So, I have decided to take a virtual tour of ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Hope you too enjoy the tour with me. 🙂

Match #1 – Christchurch 

The beautiful Cathedral Square in Christchurch, #NewZealand – the city that’s going to host the very first match of ICC #CricketWorldCup 2015 – Sri Lanka Vs NZL on this Valentines Day. 🙂

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Christchurch Cathedral Square

Match #2 – Melbourne

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia is hosting the 2nd match of ICC 2015 #CricketWorldCup between England and Australia. All eyes will be fixed on the Melbourne Cricket Ground today.

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The hosts will take on their arch rival on Melbourne Cricket Ground today

Match #3 – Hamilton

Known for its scenic diversity, the Hamilton and Waikato region in New Zealand offers a myriad of options for outdoor enthusiasts. From walking, hiking and cycling along the winding mountain biking tracks to casual strolls along the Waikato River to overnight bush excursions – the list is long. So, apart from watching ICC ‪‎Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and Zimbabwe on this Sunday you have plenty of things to do in Hamilton.  🙂

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Hamilton New Zealand Mormon Temple

Match #4 – Adelaide

Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia and the fifth-largest city in ‪‎Australia, is going to host the most hyped match of 2015 ‪‎Cricket World Cup – India Vs Pakistan. Hope the match has nail biting finish…  😉 Long Live Cricket!

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Adelaide Landscape

Match #5 – Nelson

Surrounded by mountains on three sides ‪‎Nelson is a small city (area only 445 km²) on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. Established in 1841, it is the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand. The city is going to host the fifth match of ICC ‪‎Cricket World Cup 2015 – West Indies Vs Ireland on February 16. With its warm sunny beaches, beautiful vineyards and crystalline coastal waters the city has plenty to offer to tourists.

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Nelson by the Tasman Bay, New Zealand

Match #6 – Dunedin ‪‎

Dunedin is one of the principal cities in New Zealand and second largest in South Island of NZL. On February 17 the city is going to host the sixth match of ICC ‪‎Cricket World Cup 2015 – NZL Vs Scotland. Historically, culturally and geographically the city has many things in store for the most discerning travelers.

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Dunedin Railway Station

Match #7 – Canberra

Canberra, the capital city of Australia is going to host the 7th match of ICC ‪‎Cricket World Cup – Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan on February 18. I don’t know how many will be going to the cricket ground to watch the match but both cricket lovers and non cricket lovers can equally enjoy the city’s natural beauty and cultural treasures.

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Canberra Balloon Festival

Match #8 – Nelson

Sea Kayaking at Abel Tasman National Park is a must do when you are in Nelson, New Zealand. Who knows you may bump into a group of New Zealand’s very own fur seals? I bet there will be more people by the bay than in the cricket ground in ‪‎Nelson to witness ‪Cricket World Cup match between Zimbabwe and UAE on Feb 19. 😉

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Sea Kayaking at Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson

Match #9 – Wellington

Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand is going to host one of the big matches of ICC ‪Cricket World Cup between England and the host country itself on February 20. However, when it comes to ‪Wellington one of the quirkiest things you can do in the city is to witness WOW (World of WearableArt) Awards Show.

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Wellington, the capital of New Zealand is a peaceful coastal city

Match #10 – Christchurch

Even if you are a cricket fanatic who has travelled long way to Christchurch, New Zealand only to witness ICC ‪‎Cricket World Cup match – Pakistan Vs West Indies (Feb 21) you cannot just miss punting or canoeing on the picturesque Avon River that flows through the city.

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canoeing on the picturesque Avon River

Match #11 – Brisbane

Brisbane, named after the meandering river Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland, Australia. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Brisbane’s vibrant nightlife after the match (Feb 21) between Australia and Bangladesh which is the first match of 2015 ‪ICC Cricket World Cup to be played at The Gabba.

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Brisbane’s Night Skyline

Match #12 – Dunedin

Tunnel Beach located only 2 km south of Dunedin draws its name from a passage that was manually carved through a rock promontory in the 1870s to allow access to a secluded beach at the base of the cliffs. If you are in Dunedin for the first time, to watch ‎Cricket World Cup match between Sri Lanka Vs Afghanistan (February 22) don’t forget to take a walk along the beach.

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The famous Tunnel Beach Arch in Dunedin

Match #13 – Melbourne

Though many cricket fans, Indians and South Africans, will be ‪‎traveling to ‪#Melbourne to view ICC ‪‎Cricket World Cup match on Feb 22 – India Vs South Africa but once you are in Melbourne you cannot miss the amazing underwater world of Sea Life Melbourne ‪‎Aquarium, located on the banks of the Yarra River in central Melbourne… Well, I hope it’s not the ‘unlucky thirteen’ for India! 😉 🙂

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Dining at the Sea Life Melbourne ‪‎Aquarium

Will be back soon with the next leg of my virtual Cricket World Cup tour. Stay tuned… 🙂

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